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Publisher's Summary

Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th-century literature. Neville Jason’s widely praised abridged version has rightly become an audiobook landmark and now, after numerous requests, he is recording the whole work unabridged which, when complete, will run for some 140 hours. The Captive is the fifth of seven volumes. The Narrator’s obsessive love for Albertine makes her virtually a captive in his Paris apartment. He suspects she may be attracted to her own sex.
Public Domain (P)2012 Naxos AudioBooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Hans G. Despain on 09-08-12

Outstanding

Would you listen to The Captive: Remembrance of Things Past - Volume 5 again? Why?

Remembrance of Things Past is one of the two or three best books ever written. It is full of social, pyschological, socio-economic, quality life, and meaning of death insights. For these reasons this book can be reread many times in a life and discover something new each time. Proust was truly inspired when he wrote these volumes

What other book might you compare The Captive: Remembrance of Things Past - Volume 5 to and why?

Proust compares to many existential novelists, for example Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Camus.

Have you listened to any of Neville Jason’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Neville Jason interpretation and presentation is perfect.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

You can't make this book into a film would be the tag line. Alternatively ... skip the film, read!

Any additional comments?

Proust's writing is beautiful and his insights of life and death breath-taking.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Patricia on 04-25-14

At last a way to listen to this great classic

Somehow I have never gotten around to reading Proust. I always intended to, so when I saw it was available on Audiobooks I decided to finally do it. I actually expected it to be somewhat tedious and I planned to just read the first of the seven books just to get a taste. Well, to my surprise I was totally engrossed in it and eventually did all seven books. Gorgeously written - such magnificent prose. And the characters - they will stay with you forever. And the beautiful French names. Haunting. I highly recommend this book and the other seven too. You won't regret it.

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By Antti on 05-09-14

Captivating

I have only recently returned to the endeavour through Proust that I began last autumn. Probably due to oversaturation I had to stop after ”Sodom and Gomorrah”. But now, returning, it’s like I had never been away. Neville Jason’s perfect narration, the flow of Proust’s language and his deep insight into humanity are a trove of delightful treasures. 

In my review of the previous volume, I spoke of the pervading theme in Proust that somehow speaks to me the most in this time and place in my life: the sense of identity and how it’s formed, not only in our eyes but in others’, as well. Proust is, in this respect not only an incomparable psychologist but also a most gifted creator of character and circumstance. His characters pretend to be something they’re not, and in fact this pretense might be their uttermost reality. How we lie to each other and ourselves, then. 

A wonderful experience to be lived and relived, the fifth volume in Proust’s heptalogy and the first part of what the author envisaged as ”The Albertine Novel”, ”The Captive” (”La Prisonnière”) was published in 1923, following Proust’s death of pneumonia and pulmonary abscess in November of the previous year. It’s thus the first of the three remaining volumes that, because of the varying states of (in)completeness, are under critical textual study. Moncrieff’s translation, the one used in these audiobooks, is, in this respect, an old one that is unable to take into account all the textual advancements, yet from what I understand it’s not a deal-breaker at all in the sense that it would somehow befuddle the reader/listener of Proust.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Beryl O'Brien on 08-01-15

Compelling listening.

The narration was excellent. The characters were brought alive by imagery, enabling the atmosphere created by Marcel Proust to be felt.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Greg D. Joffe on 05-03-15

at times frustrating, at times beautiful

This is an extraordinary frustrating times, as the narrator is consistently anti homosexual (despite Proust being sexual) and has a relationship with Albertine that seems particularly unrealistic. As stated many times, he finds Albertine boring, but is extraordinarily infatuated by her when he thinks she may be having relations with other women. This is love as possession, without any real sense of attraction to people involved.

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